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The City of St. Louis metaphorically lights 250 birthday candles next weekend in celebration of its founding in 1764 by Pierre Laclede Liguest and his fourteen-year-old stepson RenĂ© Auguste Chouteau. A spirited re-enactment of Laclede’s landing in December of 1763 … Continue reading

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Darkness and Light: October in The Lou

According to the ancient Celts of Ireland when the moon rises on Samhain (sow-en), to most of the world today Halloween, the doors between the worlds – this world and the Otherworld – swing wide open. The dead and all … Continue reading

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Uncovering the Truth About Meriwether Lewis

It has taken more than two hundred years but with the publication of Uncovering the Truth About Meriwether Lewis, one of the most pivotal characters in 19th century American history has been vindicated. Like so many of the framers of … Continue reading

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The Lou’s Starry, Musical Nights

Last Wednesday night’s Whitaker Music Festival in the Missouri Botanical Garden was the most recent in The Lou’s long history of large-scale, open-air, summer-musical events – many of which originate in 19th century band concerts in the city’s parks. The … Continue reading

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Souvenirs Of A Shrunken World

At midnight on this date one hundred and six years ago, December 1, 1904, David Rowland Francis, president of the world’s fair, formally closed the Louisiana Purchase Exposition of 1904 with the words,”Farewell, a long farewell to all thy splendor!” … Continue reading

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St. Louis’ Urban Museum Collaborative(UMC)

The history of any place is as broad as the land and water that cover it and as varied and multi-layered as the humans who have impacted it. History is always personal(being the story of someone or some group) and … Continue reading

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Halloween Reflections STL

Pixie, kobold, elf, and sprite, All are on their rounds tonight; In the wan moon’s silver ray, Thrives their helter-skelter play. ~Joel Benton This was one of the most beautiful Halloween weekends in my memory. It began with a great … Continue reading

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